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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Is protest unpatriotic?


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A new rule in the NFL requires players to stand for the national anthem or stay out of sight in the locker room. The demand forces players – especially the 70 percent of players who are African-American – to grapple with how to balance love of country and the struggle for equal rights. Chad Williams, a scholar of African and Afro-American Studies, writes that a call for blacks to “close ranks” during World War I offers lessons on how to approach this most recent demand to put grievances aside.

This week, the Mormon church celebrates what its members believe was a revelation from God that ended 40 years of racial discrimination. A scholar of Mormonism, Matthew Bowman, explains the history of how the church has struggled with racial diversity.

As the climate warms, some species will be unable to evolve fast enough to survive the new conditions. But DNA might reveal which populations are likely to adapt and which ones are more risk, allowing us to target conservation efforts to species in jeopardy. Rachael Bay of the University of California, Los Angeles examined DNA for clues as to which yellow warblers were most vulnerable.

Emily Costello

Deputy Editor/Politics + Society Editor

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The NFL is attempting to make protests like this one by members of the Cleveland Browns illegal in the league. AP Photo/David Richard

The NFL and 'Close Ranks,' 100 years later

Chad Williams, Brandeis University

Where to draw the line between loyalty to the nation and the struggle for equal rights? A scholar sees parallels between NFL protests and a call for African-Americans to 'close ranks' during WWI.

The Mormon church is still grappling with a racial past. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File

Mormons confront a history of Church racism

Matthew Bowman, Henderson State University

Forty years ago, the Mormon church reversed restrictions on its members of African-American descent. Today, the church wants to celebrate the value of its diversity.

Will the yellow warbler survive a changing climate? By Steve Byland/

Can this bird adapt to a warmer climate? Read the genes to find out

Rachael Bay, University of California, Los Angeles

As the climate warms, some species will not be able to evolve fast enough to adapt to the new conditions. Rachael Bay examined DNA for clues as to which yellow warblers were most vulnerable.


  • Lab coats help students see themselves as future scientists

    Megan Ennes, North Carolina State University; M. Gail Jones, North Carolina State University

    In order to get more young people to see themselves as future scientists, researchers argue that it helps to outfit the students with a simple article of clothing: a lab coat.

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“Informants are people who are already in a position to know or learn information and who willingly cooperate with the FBI. Most often, informants cooperate because they’re concerned with something they’ve seen or heard.”


Informants aren't spies – they're essential FBI tools


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